Punctuation marks are used in a sentence or a paragraph to make the meaning clear and to emphasize to make the meaning clear and to emphasize important points. They are also used to emphasize important points. They are also used to differentiate between questions and statements and several other reasons. In speech pauses, gestures, loudness of voice, rise and fall in tone etc are used instead of punctuation signs. A speaker for example, indicates a questions by a rising tone at the end of the sentence, whereas a writer represent it with a question mark.
Some people write well but have no or very little idea about punctuation and, therefore, find difficulties in writing correct and clear sentences. Before we discuss some important punctuation marks, we want you know that punctuation is not that difficult. Many people believe that only the experts know the rule of punctuation. Let us tell you that it is not the experts but rather educated speakers and writers, such as yourself, who have learnt the rules of punctuation can use these to make their message clear to their readers.
Each punctuation mark is a symbol carrying a meaning therefore , if it is not properly used the meaning is not properly conveyed. It can rather be confusing. In fact, punctuation marks serve as guide posts for the readers. As road signs help a driver to drive confidently and carefully on roads speeds provide direction, and prevent any kind of accident . A full stop is like a red light , the comma is a flashing yellow light that asks us only to slow down; and the semicolon is a stop sign that tells us to come to a stop slowly, before gradually starting up again. A basic sentence starts with capital letters and closures with a full stop, in the event that it is not an inquiry or a shout. In this unit, we should; take in a few standards for a capitalization, full stop and question mark.
Capitalization : The first word of each sentence should begin with capital letter to show the reader exactly where each sentence begins. If two short sentences have been joined to form a long sentence, only the first one begins with a capital latter.
1: Your clothes are in the cupboard.
2: Many new ideas have been developed, however, not all of them are useful.
The pronoun, I is always capitalized.